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Scotland targeted for green colo data centre site

Application has been made for a 10,000 sq mt data centre in East Ayrshire.

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Intelligent Land Investments (ILI) has submitted a planning application to build a 10,000 sq mt data centre in East Ayrshire, Scotland.

The energy efficient facility is expected to start construction next year and will be powered by six wind turbines with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.3, in addition to using a low-energy ambient cooling system.

The company said 40% of the hub’s energy needs will be powered by green resources and is hoping to lure the likes of Apple and Amazon.

ILI added that the £5 million four unit centre will be co-designed by Edinburgh-based Green Cat Renewables.

Mark Wilson, director at ILI told the Sunday Herald: "We’re expecting to have a planning decision late this summer and all being well, as we are confident that it will be, construction will start in 2016.

"Demand for cloud computing, coupled with Scotland’s commitment to clean energy generation and Ayrshire’s natural temperature make Fenwick a perfect location for a purpose built, partially self-powered data storage centre. We live in a time when the global economy is highly dependent on efficient digital information systems without robust data security."

If construction is approved, the Ayrshire data centre will be the second facility to have been granted construction permit this year.

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In April, plans to build two cloud hosting facilities in Queensway Park, Fife were approved. The £100 million biomass powered site will be the UK’s largest green data centre once completed by the end of 2016.

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